Our first stop was Lima where we had great ceviche, saw Pachacamac - an ancient site that includes ruins from as far back as the Lima period and up through the Incas - visited "Lover's Park" and had an all around great time.
|The famous hairless dogs of the Incas. This one has skin cancer. They have no hair to protect their skin, and they don't wear sunscreen.|
|A man walking his llamas and alpacas at Pachacamac|
|This is what all of Lima would look like if not for irrigation. Although it is right on the ocean, it is a desert.|
|Having ceviche at La Mar. La Mar also has a restaurant in San Francisco, the first of Gaston's restaurants outside of Lima, and where we used to enjoy going to ceviche. Delicious!!|
|Kicking up his heels in Lima.|
|Lover's Park, with its serpentine mosaic wall covered with lovey-dovey sayings.|
|Due to irrigation, all over Lima, a city of 9 million people, there are beautiful parks.|
Cuzco is a lovely historic town that has a very good tourist infrastructure. It's much more tourist friendly than it was 11 years ago when I (Deborah) visited there. Peru has done a lot to encourage tourism, as well it should, since the whole country is an archaeological site with amazing ruins and history throughout.
|The intrepid explorers at Macchu Picchu.|
|Harold heading into the magnificent city of Macchu Picchu.|
|Inca terraces at Pisac in the Sacred Valley|
|The magnificent scale of Macchu Picchu. This colored dots are people!|
|The giant interconnecting stone at Sacsayhauman. How did the do that? You couldn't even squeeze a dime between some of these stones, and they did not use any mortar.|
We had a wonderful time, and we have a lot of things left to see in Peru, so we will have to go back again.